Country vs. State

Country is a concept of peace, of tolerance, of living and letting live. But State is essentially a concept of signifies a group in its aggressive aspects. . . .

The history of America as a country is quite different from that of America as a State. In one case it is the drama of the pioneering conquest of the land, of the growth of wealth, and the carrying out of spiritual ideals.... But as a State, its history is that of playing a part in the world, making war, obstructing international trade. . . punishing those citizens who society agrees are offensive, and collecting money to pay for all..